Custom POI File vs. MapSource Favorites with Garmin StreetPilot 2730


I have a Garmin StreetPilot 2730 and I use for work and pleasure trips. I am considering creating files for the apartmetn complexes that I drive to for work. I would like to have telephone number(s) and sometimes things like door codes that allow me to access to the building. Would I be better off creating these as MapSource Favorites or Custom POI Files? So far the advantage I see of doing it as MapSource Favorites is that I can edit from the device, but I am more limited by the number of characters of text. With Custom POIs I have more characters of test, but I can't edit from the device. Which way to you guys think would be better for this application and why? Are there any other considerations for this application?

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Depending on how the 2730 behaves...

If the 2730 behaves the same as my C510, you might be able to hit the "SAVE" button while viewing a Custom POI and thus make a copy of it as a Favourite, should you ever need to. That way, you can have the best of both worlds - as you say, all that extra detail as a POI, and the ease of access as a Favourite. With the C510, that extra detail is just over 5000 characters, before it cries 'enough'. You can also tag an image on as well, but I don't know if the 2730 supports that.

Mapsource doesn't unlease the full potential of the Custom POI, so I have been writing myself a tool.I think it fits quite well with this sort of application.

The basic premise, is that you would capture the basic information, either by saving your current location, or doing a map lookup and would then import it into a .GPX file that already contains details of other similar locations. The program then lets you add the extra detail and re-save it.

I would be delighted if you would give me some feedback: The editor is at

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